Yesterday I returned from a 7 day cruise with my family aboard the Disney cruise ship Fantasy. It was a western Caribbean cruise, with ports of call at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Disney's own Castaway Cay in the Bahamas - plus a couple of days at sea. On the whole, it was an exceptional, if expensive, vacation. There is no better company than Disney when it comes to execution of complex entertainment concepts, and this cruise did not fail to impress. On this cruise ship, at any given moment there were musicals to watch, movies to see, dancing to be done, many different bars in which to drink, a 1000 foot pool deck, and at one point an entire island full of people to entertain. There were two or three guys-with-guitars-singing-songs here and there. I saw, however, throughout the entire week, not one single bass player, not one single drummer, and not one single keyboardist other than the one playing Disney songs on the piano as we boarded the boat the first day. 100% of the music accompanying the musical productions - of which there were many - was prerecorded. Live music had been all but completely removed from the plan on this cruise. I guess I'll say that I sort of get it - bands would be more logistics to handle, more people to pay, instruments to store, and all that. I think it is a change from what we would have seen as recently as 15 years ago, and it's one more piece of evidence that live music is disappearing from the mainsteam entertainment culture. I predict that in the next five to fifteen years, live music will follow a path similar to live theater. It will never disappear, it will always be available for those looking for it, and national and global artists will continue to tour. But live music will cease to be a normal or obvious way of enjoying music. The preponderance of what we hear will be prerecorded, since that is a much more effective way to deliver music repeatedly to large audiences with consistent quality. It's an unfortunate development for those of us who love to play and are finding fewer and fewer opportunities to do so. Let me say again, though - what a fantastic vacation. If you have kids, or maybe even if you don't, think about a Disney cruise. They killed it!